Israel Innovation Authority to invest NIS 25 million to establish innovation center in Be'er Sheva

The center will focus on promoting entrepreneurship and high-tech employment and strengthening Be’er Sheva's position as one of the Israeli innovation industry centers

The Gav-Yam high-tech park in Be’er Sheva. Photo: Liat Maya Lombrozo

Israel Innovation Authority announced that it has chosen Synergy 7 company to establish an innovation center in Be'er Sheva, the capital of the Negev, for over a period of more than four years, during which the Authority will invest NIS 25 million to promote the innovation and high-tech ecosystem in the city as a metropolitan center for the entire southern region. As part of the center's establishment, three innovation sites will also be established in Be'er Sheva in the fields of medical data, autonomous robotics and cyber defense.

Synergy 7 is jointly owned by Ben Gurion University of the Negev, B.G. Negev Technologies and Applications, Soroka Medical University Center of the Clalit Group, Mor Research Implementation, Elbit Systems, Incubit Technological Entrepreneurship and the Mirage Israel Foundation. In addition, Dell Technologies' development center in Israel is a strategic partner of the project.

"We are very excited to implement one of the most important projects in recent years to promote the geographical diversity of Israeli high-tech," welcomed Dror Bin, CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority. "Be'er Sheva has great potential to grow into a significant technological hub and a magnet for entrepreneurs, startups and growing high-tech companies.

“The center is expected to be at the forefront of Israel's advanced industry and to help diversify and strengthen the position of Israeli high-tech in the world. We are sure that Synergy 7 will lead the project professionally, will create connections between all the existing and new players in the local ecosystem, and will catapult Be’er Sheva and the Negev region forward."

The innovation center, which will be established in the new innovation district in the city, will include dedicated laboratories with the most advanced equipment in the world that will allow entrepreneurs and high-tech companies from around the country to gain practical experience, dedicated workspaces and acceleration programs (accelerators) that will meet the needs of

entrepreneurs from the southern region, including diverse and underrepresented populations such as minorities and women.

The entrepreneurs and start-up companies that will choose to operate in Be'er Sheva will benefit from access to mentors and advisors from various fields. They will also benefit from investments and dedicated grants, personnel training, events that will feature key players in the innovation ecosystem, as well as support for participation in conferences in Israel and abroad. The program is also intended to create an infrastructure to attract large high-tech companies to operate in the city of Be’er Sheva.

"Be'er Sheva has the potential to establish a significant innovation system of technological entrepreneurship," said Harel Rom, CEO of Synergy 7. "The development of technological entrepreneurship in the fields of health, cyber defense and autonomous robotics, in cooperation with local anchors, will contribute to expanding the supply of quality employment, a young atmosphere and environmental development as part of the innovation quarter, and the center of the southern metropolis.”

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